RICHMOND, Va. – After being held scoreless for the first five innings, Georgia State used a pair of six run innings to blow open the contest against VCU for a 12-3 victory at The Diamond on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers evened up the weekend series, with each team now recording a victory heading into Sunday's series finale. Georgia State's overall record now stands at 20-27, including 11-12 in the CAA, while VCU drops to 26-21 overall and 12-14 in the conference.
"It's disappointing to lose this one after coming off a pretty big win last night," said VCU associate head coach Shawn Stiffler. "I thought we played well for the first half of the game, but then we started to get away from the things we have preached as team this year; making sure we take an out when we get it, hitting the cutoff man and offensively coming away with two-out hits. If you don't do those things, it's tough to win, and it showed today. It's disappointing, but no matter how bad you lose a game, it only counts as one loss. We need to get back to business tomorrow and be ready to win the series."
The Rams got things started off on the right foot, jumping out to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen led off the game with a single to center field, before advancing to second on a five-pitch walk that junior infielder Jordan Weymouth earned. Cullen tagged up and advanced to third on a fly out to right field, before coming home to score on a sacrifice fly to right by redshirt junior infielder Brent Mikionis.
VCU added to its lead in the bottom of the third inning, post one run for a 2-0 lead. After Cujas roped a one-out single through the right side, Mikionis drew a pitch off his arm to put runners on first and second. The Panthers then recorded the second out of the inning, before redshirt junior Taylor Buran delivered a single to left field, which plated Cujas from second.
Things unraveled for the Rams in the top of the sixth, with the Panthers recording six runs on five hits and one VCU error.
Georgia State added another six runs in the top of the eighth inning, again coming off five hits and one VCU error.
The Rams closed out the scoring in the contest with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
VCU senior pitcher Seth Cutler-Voltz suffered the loss for the Rams, throwing five and a third innings in the contest. Georgia State's Ben Marshall picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season by allowing just two runs over seven innings with three strikeouts.
VCU senior catcher Taylor Perkins (pictured right) led the Rams offensively, roping a pair of hits and drawing two walks.
Sunday's finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. at The Diamond.